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Generate Your Own Power South Carolina

Our customers are continually looking for ways to generate their own electricity to supplement the supply they get from our company, offset their power bills and help the environment. Whether you’re thinking about producing solar, wind or another type of energy, there are some points to consider as you begin the planning process.

There are two processes, depending on the size and type of generation.

SMALL SYSTEMS OF 20 kW OR LESS – GETTING STARTED
Most small wind and solar systems fall into the category of inverter-based generation with a capacity of 20 kW and less. If this sounds like you, follow this easy process.

Step 1. Access and complete the Interconnection Request Online Application. To view a pdf of the Interconnection Request application see Attachment 7 of the SC Interconnection Procedures.

Step 2. Decide on a contractor/installer and the system you'd like to install.

Step 3. Complete and submit the Interconnection Request with your Interconnection Fee ($100).

Step 4. Receive approval to proceed from Duke Energy to interconnect your system with Duke Energy's.

Step 5. Install the interconnection to Duke Energy's system.

Step 6. Access and complete the Certificate of Completion form online via PowerClerk.

Step 7. Receive approval from Duke Energy to energize your newly installed system.

Step 8. Congratulations! You may begin using electricity from your newly installed system.

LARGER SYSTEMS GREATER THAN 20 kW – GETTING STARTED

Step 1. Download, print and mail in the Interconnection Request Form. The form requires information that your installer or contractor can provide.

Step 2. Decide on a contractor/installer and the system you'd like to install.

Step 3. Complete and submit the Interconnection Request with your interconnection fee (larger than 20kW up to 100 kW - $250, larger than 100 kW up to 2 MW - $500).

Step 4. Upon successful inspection by Duke Energy, receive approval from Duke Energy to energize your newly installed system.

Step 5. Congratulations! You may begin using electricity from your newly installed system.

If you’re an interconnection customer requesting a Pre-Application Report, use Attachment 2 of the South Carolina Interconnection Procedures.

If sending by mail, send your completed Interconnection Request to the address below along with the appropriate nonrefundable application fee.

Generator Capacity Application Fee
<=20kW $100
>20kW to 100kW $250
>100kW to 2MW $500
>2MW Deposit required

Send all applications and correspondence to:

Mailing Address:
Duke Energy Carolinas
Attention: Customer Owned Generation - Mail Code ST13A
P.O. Box 1010
Charlotte, NC 28201
Email: CustomerOwnedGeneration@duke-energy.com
Phone: 866.233.2290

Overnight Mailing Address:
Duke Energy Carolinas
Attention: Customer Owned Generation - Mail Code ST13A
400 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202

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Types of Power

Solar, wind, biomass and more – the options for generating your own power may seem endless. And certain types of power may be more conducive to your geographical location and the characteristics of your property. The U.S. Department of Energy offers in-depth information on a variety of renewable energy sources.

Learn more about solar, wind and biomass.

Incentives

The U.S. Department of Energy funds the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. In addition, Duke Energy offers customers incentives for energy efficiency upgrades through the Smart $aver Incentive program (Residential; Business; Large Business).

Meet energy goals by improving your efficiency

Often times, as customers learn more about generating their own power, they realize that it’s not really a feasible option. Keep in mind that we offer many other programs that can help you conserve energy, save money and help the environment.

Learn more about our efficiency programs.

Connect to the power grid

To ensure the safety and reliability of your generation source and our power grid, take into account our interconnection requirements. Also take a moment to learn about our rate options and tariffs, and how they can benefit your project.

Find an installer

Unfortunately, Duke Energy does not endorse specific products or companies for your generation project. We recommend you visit the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners’ Installer Locator, as well as the American Wind Energy Association, to learn more about the possibilities of renewable energy generation.

Contractors and suppliers interested in working with Duke Energy should view the detailed information on our website.

Qualifying facilities

The definition of Qualifying Facilities (QFs) is defined by the Federal Regulatory Commission pursuant to Section 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).

QFs proposing to sell generating capacity and energy that are in excess of 5 megawatts (MW), which are interconnected directly with the Duke Energy Carolinas/Duke Energy Progress system, should use the Qualifying Facilities Negotiated Pricing Template when requesting negotiated pricing.

Completed templates should be forwarded via email to Kathy Dunn.

Promote Green Power and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Aside from generating your own power and making your energy use more efficient, you can take advantage of other programs that directly affect our environment.

Residential Programs

Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE)

Paperless Billing

Carbon Offsets

Business Programs

Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE)

Paperless Billing